By Bill Maher
Defending Jimmy Carter’s presidency in a recent interview with CNBC, Rosalynn Carter said, “Peace is very difficult. War is popular in this country.” Nobody seemed to notice this, but I thought that was a striking thing for a former First Lady to say. Could you imagine if Michelle Obama said it? Sean Hannity would need a quadruple bypass.
Of course, it’s completely true. As Aaron Blake of The Washington Post recently noted, bombing ISIS marks the first time since January that President Obama has polled over 50 percent on a foreign policy issue. What happens when we go the international diplomacy without bombing route? On Iran, he polls at 39 percent; on Russia and the Ukraine, 34 percent; on Syria, before we started bombing it, 33 percent.
When Obama campaigned in 2008, he used to say he didn’t just want to change the policy in Iraq, but also the mindset that got us there in the first place. Well, that’s an epic fail because Americans always seem to revert back to one basic foreign policy idea: kicking ass.